Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique registered impressive centuries, leading Pakistan to a notable victory over Sri Lanka with a historic Cricket World Cup chase.
In a thrilling match on Tuesday, Pakistan successfully pursued a challenging score of 345 in 48.2 overs. Rizwan delivered an unbeaten 131 while Shafique contributed 113, breaking the previous World Cup record of 328 runs set by Ireland against England in 2011. In the first innings, Kusal Mendis recorded the quickest World Cup century for Sri Lanka, accumulating 122 runs, and Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed with a swift 108 off 89 deliveries.
With this victory, Pakistan improved their Cricket World Cup head-to-head against Sri Lanka to 8 wins and no losses. They now boast four points after triumphs over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, and they prepare for a highly anticipated clash with India in Ahmedabad.
Sri Lanka’s bowling woes persisted in the World Cup, evidenced by their loss to South Africa who posted a massive score against them.
The remarkable centuries from Rizwan and Shafique, adorned with boundaries and sixes, outshined the efforts of Mendis and Samarawickrama. The latter duo’s aggressive partnership added 111 runs for Sri Lanka in a short span.
Mendis, despite early reprieves from dropped catches, managed to hit a flurry of boundaries and sixes, including a standout shot against Hasan Ali, Pakistan’s top performer of the day.
Samarawickrama took the reins post Mendis’ dismissal but Pakistan’s bowlers contained the runs in the concluding overs. Haris Rauf played a pivotal role by claiming two crucial wickets. In the subsequent innings, Sri Lankan bowlers struggled, with Matheesha Pathirana delivering inconsistent balls, resulting in an expensive spell.
Post-match, Rizwan expressed his pride in representing his nation, emphasizing the team’s belief in their ability to chase the challenging total. The camaraderie and partnerships within the team played a crucial role in their success.
On the other hand, despite the setback, Sri Lanka’s skipper, Dasun Shanaka, remained optimistic. He praised his team’s batsmen but admitted there was room for improvement, especially in bowling and fielding.